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By Tom Smith, South Pittsburgh Reporter Editor The Carrick Community Council’s (CCC) November General Meeting was switched to a Zoom meeting and featured brief presentations by candidates for the organization’s Board of Directors. CCC President Donna McManus chaired the meeting and introduced the candidates prior to them speaking. See Page 2 First up was Amy Byard. Ms. Byard is the owner of Shorty’s Shop, a barber/salon, for three years in March. PriPittsburgh T h e P e n n s y l v a n i a or to then, she lived in the house directly behind her shop Resources Council (PRC) for about four years. “There are some things that need to be fixed in the comhas released its December 2020 schedule of on- munity that strike my fancy to fix,” she said. “If I’m able to fix the things that need to be fixed, that’s awesome, but line workshops. I’m really intrigued about how everybody gets onboard See Page 3 and helps each other out in certain areas that need to be South Side addressed.” Slopes In addition to running her shop, she is has been an EMS The Office of Commu- for the past 18 years. nity Affairs’ 2020 Love Gordon Sullivan has lived in Carrick for 31 years and has Your Block Program been on the CCC Board for three years. He likes the neighawarded 26 $1,500 mini- borhood and says it’s always been a “nice area” and they grants this year to neigh- “have to build it back up to make it even better.” borhood and communi“We have to try to improve it as much as we can and work ty groups throughout the together,” he said. “We have to get the crime rate down. We City of Pittsburgh. have to get some beautification done on this side of the city. See Page 4 It’s been neglected for too long. We have to get something done with Brownsville (Road).” Knoxville Ron Jardini said, “nothing’s changed since I applied two LifeSpan is beginning years ago.” its 11th Annual Holiday “My focus is still to work with the city. If anything, I’ve Sweet Treats Cookie changed my mind about, a lot of the problems in the comCampaign. munity aren’t caused by the community, they’re caused by See Page 4 apathy in the city real estate division and rules that are bureaucratic. And to me, that seems like the biggest problem. Pittsburgh Workers in Pittsburgh It’s not a problem here in Carrick. It’s a problem for Carimpacted by COVID-19 rick, but it’s not caused by Carrick,” he said. Imma Raffaele has lived in Carrick for 18 years. She will receive paid sick leave under legislation would like to be involved with the beautification and real introduced by Mayor Wil- estate committees in the organization. “As you know, Brownsville Road is the face of Carrick,” liam Peduto’s Administrashe said. “I think that should be one of the number one prition to City Council.  @ sopghreporter.com orities to give it a facelift. I know it’s going to take time, but I think we should start somewhere.” Think big and start small is her philosophy for working Classifieds................... Page 2 in the community. Historic Review............. Online Laura Doyle wasn’t able to attend the meeting, but Ms. Zoning Board................ Online McManus referenced her application for the board. Ms. Or check them out at: Doyle was born and raised on Kirk Avenue. She left the Continued on Page 2 www.sopghreporter.com Concord Presbyterian Church will hold a Christmas Pancake Breakfast and Vendor Fair on December 5, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police partnered with Rotary Clubs of Bethel - St. Clair and Norther Allegheny to provide warm meals for more than 4000 people throughout the city. Volunteers arrived early at Holy Assumption of Mary Church on South Side (above) to prepare and pack the Thanksgiving meals. Pittsburgh Police hand (below) delivered the meals. Zone 3 Officer Christine Luffey and Heather Dieckmann planned and organized the annual event, now in its 17th year. Pittsburgh Bureau of Police photos

Council hears about market renovations

By Tom Smith South Pittsburgh Reporter Editor The Carrick Community Council’s (CCC) November virtual meeting featured a presentation from Coen Markets officials concerning the remodeling and refreshing of the former CoGo’s on Rt. 51. Donna McManus, president of the CCC, opened the Zoom meeting by introducing

Mike Gorman, a senior project manager for Sevan Multi-Solutions, who then introduced John Eby, vice-president of real estate for Coen Markets, and David Klobcar from the design firm. As background, Mr. Gorman said Coen Markets is a family-run business headquartered in Canonsburg with stores in WestContinued on Page 3

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Board candidates make their pitches at CCC Zoom meeting Continued from Page 1 neighborhood but returned five years ago and has now lived in Carrick a total of 25 years. Ms. Doyle has been a member of the CCC Beautification Committee for five years and the CCC Board secretary for two years. She would like to participate in events that improve life for the neighborhood residents. Ms. Doyle is interested in working with other community leaders to fulfill the vision to make Carrick a safe, clean and vibrant place to work, live and do business. Chris Small is a 14-year

Carrick resident. He’s a volunteer with the American Red Cross and until recently was a scoutmaster. He has also been on the CCC Board for “a couple of years.” He feels the location has potential. He would like to continue working on community projects and would like to continue working on building the organization’s capacity. “Getting more people involved is probably the first step to getting everything else we want completed,” he said. Carol Williams has been a resident of Carrick for 62 years. She would like to see

homeowners and rental people take care of their property better. “There seems to be a problem in Carrick. Some of the people that do rent, they just don’t take that pride anymore,” she said. Ms. Williams would like to get the diversity in the community more together instead of being separated. “I love Carrick, I’ve been here forever,” she added. Ms. McManus has lived in Carrick for 29½ years and has been on the CCC Board for the past two years. She is the current president of the organization and serves as the chair of the Capacity

Committee. She said they have lost a “whole generation of youth” when they stopped doing events such as the Halloween Parade and Light Up Night. “When we stopped doing that, we lost a whole chunk of kids. So, one of the things we wanted to do was bring back the stuff that the kids from years ago were able to participate in,” she said. Members in good standing of the Carrick Community Council had 48 hours after the Zoom meeting to go to the organization’s website, www.carrickpa.org, to register their vote. A link to

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Pancake Breakfast at Concord Church Concord Presbyterian Church will hold a Christmas Pancake Breakfast and Vendor Fair on December 5, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will take place at Concord Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 1907 Brownsville Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15210. Cost is $5

for adults and $3 for children under 6. Proceeds will go to holiday food baskets for those in need. All must wear masks and be socially distant including vendors, workers, diners and shoppers. Hall capacity is 75 people per Covid-19 guidelines.

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Continued from Page 1 ern Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. In 2018, Coen acquired 70-some Cogo’s locations they are bringing under the Coen label. Currently, they are working to “remodel and refresh” the interiors and exteriors of the stores and have completed 10 so far with the Rt. 51 location up next. In addition Minding the store on Small Business Saturday were Martin to refreshing the stores, they Villalba and his daughter Isabella at Lucy’s Hand Made will be converting the fuel portion of the stores to the Clothing. Photos by Candice Gonzalez Amoco brand. Mr. Gorman said the entrances to the site will remain the same, as will the

location of the gas pumps. The building will be expanded on both sides and the façade will be refreshed with Coen branding. The entrance and windows will remain in the same locations, but the building will be made ADA accessible. The market will feature take-out food including sandwiches and fried chicken, but there will be no onsite dining available. Questioned if the employees would remain, the group was told the employees are already Coen employees and more employees may

PRC is offering online workshops in December

The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) has released its December 2020 schedule of online workshops. PRC’s new webinar format enables individuals livNicole Zora and Kenny Vail were working at Vogt True ing throughout the Commonwealth to take part in Value Hardware for shoppers on Saturday. a free online Recycling & Waste Reduction webinar on Dec. 16, while residents of the greater Pittsburgh area can take part in a virtual Backyard Composting webinar on Dec. 2, 10 and 15. “Since launching online learning in the spring, PRC has received a tremendous amount of feedback concerning how the webinar format is an extremely convenient way to learn from the comfort of home,” according to PRC Education Specialist Welcoming customers were Culture Shop owner Christine Nancy Martin. “And the online format enables individuAndrews and associate Kayla Blackey. als throughout the Commonwealth to take part since webinars require no travel to a specific classroom location.” Participants in the Backyard Composting webinars will receive compost bins following the webinars. Those living in the greater Pittsburgh area will pick up their compost bins at PRC’s headquarters on the North Side. To register for a PRC webinar, visit www.prc.org/ Greeting customers with open arms were Pittsburgh Gui- programs/webinars or call tars owner John Bechtold and associate Sam Matthews. 412-977-6146. PRC conservation work-

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Three Rivers Vintage owner Scott Johnson and associate Le Petite Cafe & Grille owner Amanda Sougouna and associate Grace Reeser were happy to welcome customers. Kayla Bittner were behind the counter on Saturday.

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Friends of South Side Park one of only a few to finish Love Your Block projects The Office of Community Affairs’ 2020 Love Your Block Program awarded 26 $1,500 mini-grants this year to neighborhood and community groups throughout the City of Pittsburgh. Love Your Block is a City of Pittsburgh program that invites organizations to submit proposals to transform their blocks through designing local volunteer improvement projects with the support of city departments, including the Department of Public Works, the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, and the Department of City Planning. The mini-grant awards fund the purchase of supplies for volunteer projects that engage neighbors and benefit the public. Project categories have included creating green spaces, maintaining community gardens, stormwater capture, enhancing parks, streetscaping, removing graffiti and litter, sprucing up pathways, and encouraging emergency preparedness. “I want to thank the Office of Community Affairs and city departments for facilitating Love Your Block, one of our key community-

driven programs,” said Mayor William Peduto. “I’d like to especially thank our community groups for their leadership in designing creative projects that bring neighbors together to improve their blocks and promote pride in their neighborhoods.” Due to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations were given the option to delay their projects until Spring of 2021. Five projects were implemented this year including the Friends of South Side Park who built a native garden bed to help draw attention to the Mission Street entrance of South Side Park.  “It’s been incredible to see the resilience, creativity, and dedication from community members to make their neighborhoods a better place to live,” said Leah Friedman, manager of the Office of Community Affairs. “Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate and take on the challenge of Love Your Block this year.”  For more information on the Love Your Block program, visit pittsburghpa.gov/ oca/lyb, call 412-255-4773 or email eric.williams@ pittsburghpa.gov.

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